Islam occupies Alton Towers
Cranmer is wondering why the Taleban tendency at Alton Towers hasn’t gone the whole hog and banned the songbirds as well. Will any of the rides be re-named? Will the Log Flume or the Black Hole become Suicide Plunge? Will all of the rides stop at prayer times?
Cranmer is not ignorant of Islamic theological matters, and can’t help wondering why music is considered haram, but not the rollercoaster. Either the Qur’an permits one to have fun, or it does not. And if you rely on the Hadith, there is no record of Mohammed ever going to a leisure park. Cranmer knows of no Muslim in Britain who adheres to the banning of music, while a great many who are deprived of music (or nicotine!) for a day will find it tortuous. And isn’t it all a bit dangerous on some of those ‘extreme’ rides with hijabs flying in the wind? Rides unsuitable for hijabs and burkas that carry no warning will doubtless lead to lawsuits: will Alton Towers then submit to Shari’a courts?
In order to keep out the kafir, tickets can only be bought through the organisers Islamic Leisure, and the Muslims are loving it. Can you imagine the fuss if there was a Christians-only day? Or a whites-only day? Quite how social harmony and cohesion are promoted by effectively closing the theme park to non-Muslims is a mystery. The Islamic occupation of Alton Towers, with the application of elements of the Shari’a, is as eloquent a statement of separateness, of apartheid, as one could imagine. If Muslims are really intent on integrating with the wider community, why promote an activity designed to alienate, exclude, or offend the indigenous population?